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Beinn Mhanach, Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuaran

Beinn Mhanach, Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuaran


Postby SecretSquirrel » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:45 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Chaisteil and Beinn nam Fuaran

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mhanach

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuaran

Date walked: 21/09/2014

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 22.2 km

Ascent: 1683m

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I had a single red balloon left to tick off on the Bridge of Orchy munros, so decided to make a day of it and take the high road to Beinn Mhanach across the Corbetts of Beinn a'Chaisteil and Beinn nam Fuaran.

The ascent and distance figures really don't give the whole picture on this walk. Its also not a technical route and the navigation is straight forward. But ... it was a tough day. It felt like I was either constantly slogging it out uphill or pointing my toes downhill. I know ... that's what hillwalking is, right? Yup, but today it just felt more so.

Despite that ... I would recommend the route to anyone looking to do Beinn Mhanach. It is worth the extra effort.

Beinn a'Chaisteil
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Beinn Dorain hiding behind the West Highland Railway viaduct
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Under the crags of Beinn a'Chaisteil
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Looking back to the viaduct
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View back to Auch
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The grassy ridge of Beinn a'Chaisteil
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Summit cairn comes into view
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Beinn a'Chaisteil Summit
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Beinn nam Fuaran
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Beinn nam Fuaran summit with Beinn Dorain in the background
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A Dam on the Allt a'Chuirn, Beinn a'Chuirn & Beinn Mhanach
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Looking back to Beinn nam Fuaran from the ascent of Beinn Mhanach
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Looking down the Allt Kinglass towards Auch. Beinn Dorain on the right and on the left, the days earlier corbets.
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Summit of Beinn Mhanach
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Summit view across to Beinn a'Chreachain
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Looking back to Beinn a'Chuirn (left) and Beinn Mhanach (right)
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Last edited by SecretSquirrel on Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:05 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Mhanach, Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuar

Postby simon-b » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:03 pm

I like the look of that route, SS. You got some nice photos as well. Some friends and I did Beinn Mhanach last month from Achallader with Beinn a' Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair. So we missed out on Auch Glen. Were the river crossings okay?
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Re: Beinn Mhanach, Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuar

Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:33 pm

The fords were okay. Most were shallow and bedded with flat stones, so easy enough to walk through. The last was the widest, maybe 10/15ft and deepest, but still only just over ankle depth. Full leather boots and gaiters kept the water out :D
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Re: Beinn Mhanach, Beinn a' Chaisteil (Auch), Beinn nam Fuar

Postby Silverhill » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:32 pm

Nice pictures and an interesting round! :D
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